NCAA Game Summary - Louisville at South Florida|
(Friday, November 25th)
Final Score: Louisville 34, South Florida 24
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Teddy Bridgewater threw for 241 yards with three
touchdowns, as Louisville earned at least a share of the Big East championship
with a 34-24 win over South Florida.
Dominique Brown added a score on the ground for the Cardinals (7-5, 5-2 Big
East), who won five of their last six to conclude the regular season and will
now wait to find out if they will be the Big East representative for a BCS
The Cardinals sit atop the Big East by one-half game over Rutgers, but own the
two-team tiebreaker over the Scarlet Knights by virtue of a 16-14 win on
October 21. Cincinnati, and West Virginia are also still in contention.
Bobby Eveld got the start at quarterback in place of an injured B.J. Daniels
for South Florida (5-6, 1-5), which needs to beat West Virginia next Thursday
to become bowl-eligible. Daniels was sidelined because of a bruised right
shoulder and Eveld completed 20-of-35 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown
and an interception.
The Cardinals trailed 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter, but Bridgewater
engineered a 57-yard drive for the go-ahead score. He hit Eli Rogers for 30
yards to convert 3rd-and-5 and capped the series with an 11-yard scoring
strike to a wide open DeVante Parker.
A trade of punts left USF at its own six-yard line with 5:43 remaining, but
the Bulls turned the ball over when Andre Davis fumbled after a reception.
Brown cashed in two plays later with a nine-yard touchdown run to seal the
Eveld was picked off by Hakeem Smith on a desperation heave to end the
Louisville entered the second half down 17-10, but forced a three-and-out from
South Florida to start the third quarter and pulled within four on a 31-yard
field goal from Chris Philpott. The Cardinals got the ball right back when
South Florida again failed to produce a first down and Bridgewater capped a
nine-play drive with an 18-yard scoring strike to Josh Chichester to put
Louisville in front.
It didn't last long.
Lamar Lindsey returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards to the Louisville 37 and
the Bulls ran a halfback option pass that worked to perfection despite
Demetris Murray's wobbly throw that found Deonte Welch behind the secondary
for the score and a 24-20 USF lead.
South Florida was dismal on offense in the second half, producing just two
first downs and 61 total yards until its final possession with the outcome
Louisville's first offensive series came up empty when Philpott missed a 33-
yard field goal try, but Philpott connected from 30 yards away in the final
minute of the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.
South Florida countered with the next 17 points, starting with Eveld's 35-yard
touchdown pass to Lindsey just 90 seconds into the second period. The Bulls
got the ball right back after a Louisville punt and drove far enough for a 40-
yard field goal from Maikon Bonani. The Cardinals fumbled away their next
possession and South Florida drove 59 yards for another score, as Murray
scored on a one-yard run with 35 seconds left in the half.
A 54-yard kickoff return by Senorise Perry gave Louisville a chance for a late
score and the Cardinals cashed in two plays later when Bridgewater found
Parker with a 17-yard TD pass to make it 17-10 at the break.
11/26 00:45:27 ET